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Updating to OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Today (September 30, 2015) Apple is releasing the latest update to the Mac operating system, OS X 10.11 "El Capitan." It offers many compelling new features for general use, such as improved performance, split... Read more »

Apple Releases OS X El Capitan

Apple has unveiled the latest version of OS X, OS X 10.11 — nicknamed "El Capitan." The new operating system for Mac computers adds many useful enhancements, including new ways to manage multiple windows and... Read more »

What is the YouTube -13 LUFS Loudness Reference Level?

LUFS (Loudness Units before Full Scale) is a synonym for Loudness, K-weighted, relative to Full Scale (LKFS), which is a loudness standard that aims to normalize loudness levels across broadcast mediums. In other... Read more »

Shure MV51 USB Microphone Overview by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Bi2ikI_YvI Thomas Banks from Shure presents the Motiv MV51 USB microphone for Mac, PC, iOS, and Android. A 1" condenser microphone element onboard the MV51 captures clear sound... Read more »

Looking for Inspiration? Create Your Own Presets!

So you just bought a new synthesizer, programmable effects processor, or plug-in, and you love the presets. You're thrilled with how it sounds. You explore every preset, tweaking them to your taste and it's... Read more »

The Where, What, and When of iOS 9 Low Power Mode

iOS 9 offers a new battery-saving feature for the iPhone called "Low Power Mode." You'll find the new Low Power Mode slider in Settings > Battery and it tells you "Low Power Mode temporarily reduces power... Read more »

Should I Wait to Update to iOS 9?

With the release of any new operating system, there are always questions of compatibility with existing apps, software, accessories, and hardware. Apple's new iOS 9 operating system has so far proven to be rock... Read more »

Reface Capture App Released

Yamaha has released a free app that allows you to store and recall Reface Voices on iOS devices. Each stored Voice can be rated, named, and given a custom image from your photo library. Additional features include a... Read more »

How to Install iOS 9

Apple has released iOS 9 — if your iOS device is running iOS 8, you may have received a notification on your iOS device that the new version is available. If you didn't, don't worry, all devices compatible... Read more »

How to Make Your Recording Space Sound Great

It's a fact that most home studios are, well, in homes. And while this makes many things easier (for example, getting to the session on time), there is one thing that is inescapable — the average bedroom is... Read more »

RME Babyface Pro Audio Interface Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfqFCp8-XzE Mitch Gallagher explores the RME Babyface Pro audio interface with his iPad. An updated version of the acclaimed Babyface, the Babyface Pro reduces the need for bulky... Read more »

Effects Tip: Use an Octave Effect to Thicken your Sound

This effects tip is good for any instrument, and it works both for recording and live performance. If you want to thicken up the tone of an instrument, consider using an octave effect. Mix it in subtly, to the point... Read more »

What is the Difference between a Wire and a Cable?

A "wire" is a single conductor (typically copper, but silver, aluminum, gold, and other materials are also used) that may be solid or stranded. Two or more insulated wires grouped together in a sleeve or jacket... Read more »

Mini but Mighty

Apple has announced the iPad Mini 4, the latest generation of the compact version of the popular iPad family. The new iPad Mini 4 is 18& thinner and lighter (only 0.65 pounds) than previous generations, yet it is... Read more »

Home Studio Handbook

Our friends at Disc Makers have released their latest free guide, the Home Studio Handbook! It's no secret that home studios are all the rage, and for good reason — the gear is so affordable, and with a home... Read more »

Apple Unveils iPad Pro

Apple has announced a big addition (literally) to their iPad family — the iPad Pro! With a screen that measures nearly 13 inches — 78% larger than an iPad 2 — and the most advanced Retina display... Read more »

Shure MOTIV Microphones Buying Guide

How to Choose the Best Mic for Your Needs Shure's MOTIV digital microphones and mobile-ready recording devices offer artists, video content creators, and podcasters an array of useful hardware for capturing quality... Read more »

One Interface to Rule Them All, or Multiple Interfaces?

Q: Can I get by with one interface for both my studio and my iPad? A: These days, a lot of interfaces are boasting both iOS and desktop OS support (and Android interfaces are beginning to enter the market, too). If... Read more »

MOTU Debuts Stage-B16

MOTU has unveiled the all-new Stage-B16, a 16-input stage box/rackmount mixer/audio interface with onboard DSP, Wi-Fi control, and studio-quality analog audio performance at up to 192kHz with a stunning 123dB DR... Read more »

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Mixing with the Pros Workshop Series

Want to learn to mix like a pro? Then don't miss a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sit behind the glass with some of the most sought-after recording engineers in the world, the Mixing with the Pros Workshop... Read more »

How To Audition For a Band

Auditioning for a band is a chance to seize an opportunity quickly and decisively. If a band is holding auditions, that means there's a position to fill and probably soon. If it's someone you want to work with... Read more »

The 250 Best-selling Musicians of All Time

Garth edges out Elvis...Barbra inches past AC/DC...Springsteen and Madonna are neck and neck...Digital Music News has published their list of "The 250 Best-selling Musicians of All Time" — and it's a... Read more »

Roland SoundCanvas App Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PL3GcsWl8fM Mitch takes a look at the Roland SoundCanvas app on his iPad. The original SoundCanvas module was a breakthrough for MIDI composers, allowing multi-timbral operation and... Read more »